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Travel Coffee Makers

Discussion in 'Non-Vegas Chat' started by jgates8, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. notfromconcentrate

    notfromconcentrate Connoisseur of dive casinos and obnoxious outfits

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    Great response Johnny, and I love the detailed, informative perspective on something I hadn’t even considered. In a million years, it would never have struck me that service like what you're describing would ever have been a thing at a hotel. Having grown up under relatively modest means and at a time in which "old school" service was probably already a thing of the past (born in early 90s, would probably only have noticed these things in the late 90s or early 00s), I've come to view coffee machines in the room as somewhere between standard (as in, the type of thing the average person would want and thus the hotel would supply) and contrary to what you're describing, a luxury (as in, the type of thing some lower-end hotels would decline to offer to cut costs, so you'd only see it at places that cost a bit more).

    I had just never thought of it from a "cheapening" perspective in the sense that it's comparatively un-classy to say "Here, make this cheap coffee yourself" as opposed to ordering freshly made good coffee to be brought to you.

    This all makes me feel a bit silly for getting excited over coming to discover that a room I'm staying in has an in-room coffee maker :) Perhaps one day I'll get to experience what having coffee brought to me is like, and that will set a new standard. To be clear, do they still do this sort of thing at Wynn in any class of room, or does it have to be ordered as standard room service? I'm staying there in July and would love to experience that if it's possible.

    Side note: I actually NEVER noticed that there's no Starbucks at Wynn :eek: I guess it kind of makes sense, but it comes as a total shock to me... lol
     
  2. Big Tip

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    I take a percolator style. Made of metal so it's very sturdy for travel. I transport a baggie of coffee inside.
    7-1/2 by 4 by 10 inches. $39
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    LOL, edited to say that the real thing is smaller than this picture!
     
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  3. LolaDoggie

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    My only advice is that Amazon makes it very easy to return stuff. Buy a unit, try it at home, see what you think...return if you don't like it.

    Take reviews with a grain of salt too...
     
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  4. Jackpot Johnny

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    The “free” coffee at Wynn is only at Tableau in the morning and only for Tower Suite guests. There is also “free” coffee in the RFB/VIP lounge and the high limit rooms. You can also get coffee from the cocktail server on the casino floor, but I’ve never done that and I don’t know how good that coffee is. For a fee, every dining venue has excellent coffee, and there is excellent morning coffee and light breakfast items at the Tower Suites coffee bar, starting at 6:00 AM. The Cafe is open 24 hours a day. I’ve gone down there at 4:00 AM when I woke up on Central time and the coffee is good there too. What’s interesting to me is that there always seems to be a tedious, slow line at every Starbucks. For me, the Wynn Cafe and the Tower Suites coffee bar are every bit as good as a Starbuck’s, twice as fast serving and never an overcrowded slog. Standard room service coffee is pretty classy, or you can run down and get some yourself at the Tower Suites or The Cafe. Both work for me.

    When I first heard Mr. Wynn’s rationale about coffee and refined coffee service I took it as a generalized lesson in how to have a “classy joint.” He just did not equate do it yourself coffee as appropriate to a luxury hotel. You should have a trained, uniformed server bring it to you. Part of his genius was to never manage from the bottom line up. He demanded excellence and luxury in all things, and then he’d ask what they needed to charge to be the very best place in town, “the classiest joint.” He’d charge what it took to be that way, and his belief was that enough people would always pay more to stay at the best place. He was never wrong about that.

    Enjoy your coffee there, or get a cheap, lightweight electric kettle like Mrs. Johnny so you can get an instant fix in your bathrobe. But, if you order room service coffee in any room at Wynn, it still comes exactly the way Mr. Wynn intended. So far......

    I should add that we’re not counting money closely enough to care where our coffee comes from during our limited time at Wynn. Free is best, but convenience trumps for us.
     
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  5. ardee

    ardee It's only money.

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    I'm also fond of the Tower Suites at Wynn with something as goofy as bringing us a bucket of ice on request @Jackpot Johnny.
    Just something in Vegas I really enjoy.
    Because....why not? We love the interaction with staff and the luxury of being in a place we love.
    Been all over the globe as far as great hotels go but I always get a kick out of Wynn Las Vegas service. The best.
     
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  6. Jackpot Johnny

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    Yes, exactly! There are hotels like the Connaught in London, or the Baur au Lac in Zurich, or the Carlyle in New York that deliver the same high service standard, but all are relatively small boutiques compared to Wynn’s mega size. Amazing that Wynn can keep delivering luxury service in such a large property (for way less money), and with personalized charm and warmth. I think it has a lot to do with the current Executive VP and General Manager. He’s quality obsessed, misses nothing and is a great leader. Some of the staff are like old friends, and they treat us like family. We love them.

    Yeah, agreement on the hand delivered ice, but I’ll admit that sometimes when I’m up really early I go through the connecting door and walk down to the resort side ice machine to get my own. I get to my first taste of perfectly cold water or Diet Coke a little quicker and without rousting anyone at oh-dark-thirty.
     
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    ardee It's only money.

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    Yes, agree with you on ice and all good things.
    A great bellman showed husband how to get around the “call for service” as you mentioned, my friend.

    Would be great to meet up with you and Mrs Johnny sometime soon in the resort we both appreciate.

    Best wishes until then, @Jackpot Johnny.

    Very sorry about not adding helpful content to this coffee maker thread other than Wynn’s coffee is excellent. I think most would enjoy.
     
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    If we have a bellman bringing bags up or the guy on the cruise ship (I don't know what his title is) and they offer ice, I always say yes. I get a kick out of stuff like that. Sure as hell nobody is getting me ice at my house.
     
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    I really hate room service coffee (hotel or cruise ship). I want coffee when I want it, without waiting or putting on a robe ;-) And I have a weird thing where I can't drink coffee with or after I eat breakfast - so if I don't have coffee while getting ready in the morning, I don't have coffee. Which, these days, that's a fine outcome too.
     
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    I looked at the Walmart one tonight. Just seems so blasted big to me. Does appear the Chulux is about 2 inches shorter and 1 inch narrower. Not sure that makes it worth another $15 (after coupon).

    Sigh....I'll keep debating this.
     
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    +1 all of @Jackpot Johnny's informative posts above. I do think a CM in all rooms doesn't quite fit in Wynn. During my big trips with my mother I MUST go downstairs to grab her a cup from the RFB lounge as as much as I love coffee in the am she literally can barely move without having it. Lol. I look forward to serving her coffee in bed.❤

    Room service, just for coffee, wouldn't be as appealing for me -- I want my coffee pretty much immediately! -- but I love having room service, especially breakfast (with coffee) at Wynn. We'll be doing that our first morning for our mega trip in April.

    Given my upcoming mega trip (16 nights) with my mom in April I DID purchase a small Keurig. It was a Today Special Value from QVC a couple of months ago so I viewed it as a good omen. It is still in the box and is not super small but I am taking checked luggage anyway and the coffee ritual with my mom every morning for more than 2 weeks makes it worth it.

    Plus, and I hate to say it, but Wynncore changed the coffee about a year ago. The new coffee they are using has a stronger taste that I don't like as much. I like it and it is always super fresh but I don't love it as much as I liked the milder/smoother taste of the previous brand they used. My mother can drink mud, however, so she still loves it!

    Here's what I purchased and I will be bringing my own K Cups. I will be using the Wynn bottled water and it will be cold as for my trips with my mom I always have a refrigerator delivered for the duration of our Encore stay.

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